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Faculty of Law co-hosts International Nuclear Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Conference

September 12, 2018 — 

The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law is co-hosting for the second year in a row, a conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation on Thursday and Friday, September 20 – 21, 2018 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way at The Forks.

Titled “Regional Nuclear Non-proliferation & Disarmament:  Controls, Defence and Diplomacy,” the conference will assess outstanding legal problems with the view to identifying general legal obligations for States to adhere to. This will include looking at principles and rules on the nuclear law regarding disarmament and non-proliferation and the need for regional solutions to address control of nuclear energy, including for peaceful purposes and further limitations to conventional weapons under international humanitarian law. 

The Faculty of Law presents the conference together with the Committee on Nuclear Weapons, Non-Proliferation and Contemporary International Law of the International Law Association (ILA), and in conjunction with the Round Table Strategic Forum on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law.

Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch, Dean of Law, is also the Chair of the Committee on Nuclear Weapons, and an expert in the area of Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Law.

Black-Branch has convened six Round Table Forums and various research conferences on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law, the most recent held in Sydney, Australia in August on Pathways to Disarmament in August 2018.  He is founding President of The International Society of Law and Nuclear Diplomacy and Disarmament, and was the British representative to the International Law Association’s Arms Control and Disarmament Law Committee. Black-Branch is the co-editor of the refereed journal series on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law published by Asser Press with Volume IV in press. 

“We especially wanted to hold the conference on the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, September 21,” said Black-Branch.  “We invite all interested members of the academic and legal communities and especially those interested in peace and conflict studies to attend.  We are hosting a wide range of international experts who would be happy to share their knowledge and passion in this vital area of law and diplomacy.  You are all welcome!”

Registering for the conference is free, but encouraged to keep track of attendance. For more information about the conference and to register, please visit the Robson Hall Events webpage.

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